Barcelona will look for a return to winning ways this weekend at home to Atletico Madrid after being held by Valencia at the Mestalla this week.
League leaders Valencia will feel they should have gained all three points but Cesc Fabregas – the summer signing from Arsenal – scored a late equaliser and Pep Guardiola’s men will be happy to have come away with a point.
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But given their scintillating form over the past two years, it is almost a surprise when Barca don’t win every match and they will be hoping to record another three-point haul this Saturday evening at the Nou Camp.
After all, the Catalan giants thumped Osasuna 8-0 less than a week ago – the same side that managed a draw with Atletico – and they will go into the weekend clash as big favourites, even if coach Guardiola had no complaints over the shared points at the Mestalla.
“I have to congratulate Valencia for the match they played,” he said at the post-match press conference. “This was a wonderful football spectacle.
“Our strength has given us this draw, I think it is a fair result. I have to congratulate Valencia’s fans and learn from what we did not to do so well today.
“We have to analyse the game, it was a good match, they created us problems in the first half. We have learned a lesson and we are waiting for them for the game at Camp Nou.”
While Barca sit in fourth place in La Liga, Atletico lie eighth – although they do have a proud defensive record, having only conceded one goal in the league this season.
Something will have to give at the Nou Camp, however, for this Saturday’s 21:00 BST kick-off and we all know about the home team’s attacking prowess. Many people can’t see anything other than a Barca victory.